Tuesday, July 7, 2015

National Watercolor Society Annual Member's Exhibition 2015


"Eternal Love" in the NWS Annual Member's Exhibition

I was thrilled to be accepted into the 2015 National Watercolor Society Annual Member's Exhibition in San Pedro, California.  What a huge honor to be part of this amazing show with talented artists from around the world.  We decided to leave the kids behind and trek out to California to see the show and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  My husband, his cousin, and cousin's girlfriend and I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway. We started in San Francisco and eventually ended up in San Diego, making time for the show, Alcatraz, city tours, the Oceanside pier, and San Diego art and culture.  Here are a few photos of our trip.

The NWS exhibition will be open through July 31st.  If you live in the area, stop by.  The show is amazing!






Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Climatic Atlas


Climatic Atlas
24x24 inches
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
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Phew!  First post back in way too long.  I've been working on commissions, had a major home renovation and took a trip to California, which I'll be posting about soon.  I'm happy to call this piece finished.  I must say, I'm happy with the final result and it will be hanging in my home until it finds a new one.  

This piece was inspired by two things: the sky and the Atlantic Ocean. The sky and clouds are stunning natural wonders. The world’s climate is fed by water, including the oceans around the world, which creates an ever evolving view of the sky. Weather forecasts are predicted by hundreds of years of data about participation and clouds. Did you know the Atlantic Ocean, the second largest ocean (21% of the Earth’s surface) is named after Atlas of Greek mythology, Atlas was known as the titan of astronomy and navigation. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Energy


Energy
24x24 inches
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

On to the next wave: "Energy." Waves are primarily driven by winds.  By harnessing the power developed by waves, a generator can create power.  Companies are working to develop generators and pumps designed to capture and generate such power.  Waves also feed our psyche and affect the human body.  A natural instinct of children and adults alike is to run into the ocean and tackle the waves head on.  Surfers and body surfers find riding the waves exhilarating and energy boosting.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Majestic Skys


Majestic Skys
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

It’s not unusual to see amazingly beautiful skies above the ocean.  The water feeds the ever-changing sky.  This piece was inspired by the Makapu’u Lookout on Ohau, Hawaii.  Rising above the hazy islands are colorful cumulus clouds.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Soothing


Soothing 
15x22 inches
Watercolor on Paper

We are bombarded with sensory overload daily with electronic devices, busy city streets, or hectic home and work life.  Our brains need time to unplug. Being around the ocean allow us to disconnect.  It gives us a cognitive break.  It soothes our senses and calms the soul.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Perspective


Perspective
12x24 inches
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas


This painting marks the start of my beach series.  I'll be painting lots of waves in the coming months.  The series will have a combination of acrylic and watercolor paintings.  I plan to use each piece to convey the healing powers of the ocean.  

This first piece, titled "Perspective," was inspired how the beach clears the mind and improves perspective.  This newfound perspective creates distance from daily problems.  It’s not uncommon for psychologists to ask patients to meditate with thoughts of the ocean, allowing them to use imagery to stimulate their senses and improve their perspective on life.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Frangipani


Frangipani
8x10 inches
Acrylic on Canvas Board

Plumeria (also known as Frangipani) flowers are by far my favorite.  They remind me of Hawaii and the time I've spent there with my husband.  I recently invested in new Golden paints and when they arrived in the mail, I couldn't wait to tackle a new piece.  This is it!  It took me longer to complete than I had anticipated by it came together.  ...Now to decide on the subject for the next piece...

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Father's Love


A Father's Love
14x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Private Collection

"A Father's Love" is the next painting in my series of private family moments.  This painting was inspired by a photograph taken at a family photoshoot we did years ago.  I always loved the photo.  It's of my oldest son and my husband.  My son was only two years old when the photo was taken.  I'm so thankful for my husband.  He is an amazing father.  He takes such great care of our boys - he plays with them, helps out a lot, and is extremely patient with them.  I'm thankful for this memory.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Current


Current
11x14 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

This painting is a study for a much larger piece.  I'll be painting a wave onto three canvases and I wanted to work on getting the fluid look of water right.  I've been having fun with acrylic paints lately and can't wait to dive into the big canvases that I have set aside for my next project. If you're interested in bidding on this piece, click the "Click to Bid" link above.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Sand Dollar


The Sand Dollar
14x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Private Collection

This painting was inspired by a photograph of my son and my brother.  Last year we took a cruise to the Caribbean with my family to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary.  One of my favorite memories from the cruise was a hike we took in the mountains of St. John.  After hiking a mile or so we came across a beautiful beach with crystal clear, turquoise water.  We swam and played on the sand for a few hours.  My kids (6 and 4 years old) enjoyed the beach so much.  The found shells and sand dollars on the shore and in the water.  My brother, Adam, who doesn't have kids of his own yet, was amazingly patient and good with the kids.  I'm so happy we captured this moment.  I'll be adding this painting to my collection of family portraits and figure paintings.  

Three Little Birds


Three Little Birds
11x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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This painting was inspired by the Bob Marley song, "Three Little Birds." I was asked to submit some artwork for a group art show that opens tomorrow, Thursday, February 19th at NV Art Bar.  The theme is artwork inspired by poetry or music.  

"Three Little Birds" is one of my favorite songs.  My childhood best friend and I used to sing the song all the time and even did some karaoke signing to the song while on a day cruise when we were young teens.  Every time I hear the song I think of that moment we shared.  

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fluid


Fluid
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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This is it.  This portrait study makes painting #30.  30 days, 30 Paintings.  How did I do it with a full time job, two crazy boys, and all of the other stresses of life? Somehow I pulled it off.  All 30 paintings are complete.  I've learned a lot this month and now that it's all over, I want to share what I learned:  

I love painting.  I love painting all kinds of things.  I enjoy experimenting, trying new things, and watching the paint merge in every piece. 

The paintings I completed this month are not what I'd consider to be my best work.  But you'll see that all of the other artists that participated in this challenge didn't produce they best work either.  Close to 1000 artists from around the world participated in the challenge. Painting daily is a different approach.  You don't have time to think.  You just have to do...and that was a learning experience in and of itself.

I've gained more followers and friends.  Posting a new painting to my Facebook page daily lead to a big increase in fans and followers.  As a digital marketer and teacher, I knew that posting daily was important but having fresh content seemed to build some excitement, which is awesome.

It can be difficult to work under pressure.  Knowing that daily deadline was in place really took a toll on me.  I'm use to painting daily but finishing a painting daily was a very different level of stress. It was stressful, but all the more reason to feel like this was a major accomplishment. 

I can follow through on a commitment.  I've always been pretty good about following through but this was tough and I'm really proud of this accomplishment.

I learned a lot.  Every painting brought new challenges.  I learned new techniques and a lot about composition.  I also learned that I like some styles of painting and subject matter better than others.

Overall, this was a good experience but I don't know that I'll do it again any time soon.  I like to take my time and pace myself on pieces.  I'm excited about what the rest of the year will bring.  I have some ideas for paintings and I can't wait to get started.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Exhale


Exhale
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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I finally got caught up tonight (Yay!!)  I have been behind on the challenge since Sunday and I finally got two paintings done in one night.  For awhile now, I've been dying to paint a portrait.  Here's a woman's profile study.  The background was a bit of an experiment but I really like the way it tuned out.  I have portraits on my mind these days and I can't wait to get back into doing larger works.  This is painting 29 of the 30 day challenge.  Tomorrow it the last day!!  

Atlantic Sunset 2


Atlantic Sunset 2
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
SOLD



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maui Sunset


Maui Sunset
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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Painting #28 of the 30 Day Challenge. Getting close to the end! I'm glad I waited til the end to paint sunsets. I've always been a huge fan of the sky and sunsets are the sky at its best! 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Atlantic Sunset


Atlantic Sunset
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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I've been having a lot of fun going though old photos for this challenge.  This was inspired by a photo I took while on a cruise with my husband for our 10 year anniversary.  We had so much fun on the cruise.  We left the kids behind and had a ball.  This makes Painting #26 of the 30 Day Challenge.  All most there! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Minnesota Farmland


Minnesota Farmland
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Painting #25 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is inspired by the many family vacations I've taken to visit my midwest family.  Both of my parents grew up on farms in Minnesota.  My dad's family farm was passed down to my uncle so I had the pleasure of playing with my cousins at his childhood home.  What an amazing experience!  I love the farm.  So many great memories.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Videotape


Videotape
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

A complete departure from my typical style tonight, for painting #24 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  This piece was inspired by the song "Videotape" by Radiohead.  I love Radiohead...probably my favorite band of all time.  Here's the music video if you're interested: 




Friday, January 23, 2015

Revisiting Old Works


Untiled
11x14 inches
Watercolor on Paper
Not for Sale

Sooo... I ran out of watercolor paper and didn't have time to run to the store.  I decided to pick up an old painting that I had stashed away from two years ago. I never finished it because I wasn't happy with the direction it was going. By working on this I've seen how much I've grown in the last two years. It's not finished yet (and it may never be finished) but it's been fun to revisit. I'm going to consider this painting #23 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. �� #jan30in30



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Anna Ruby Falls


Anna Ruby Falls
8x10
Watercolor on Paper
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This quick watercolor sketch is of Anna Ruby Falls in Georgia.  It makes Painting #22 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I've been to Anna Ruby Falls many times in my lifetime.  A few a couple times as a child, with my husband, and most recently with my best friend Kim when we drove to Georgia to pick up a vintage camper trailer that she plans to remodel.  We had the best time.  It was beautiful fall day - perfect weather and beautiful, colorful trees.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lake Eola


Lake Eola
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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Painting #21 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida.  I live in Orlando.  I really love the downtown area.  It has a beautiful lake surrounded by tall buildings.  Lake Eola has changed a lot in the 15 years I've lived here.  For a couple years, the fountain was broken and it cost millions of dollars to fix it.  They've added several sculptures and overall, the downtown area has thrived.  Orlando is a beautiful city and I'm happy to live here.  

Nine more paintings left!  I'm already planning the large-scale painting I'll be painting after the challenge.  Woo!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paradise Island



Paradise Island
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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I've been to Nassau, Bahamas a few times but never really fell in love with the island until I went there with my parent on their 40th anniversary cruise this past summer.  We went to a remote part of Paradise Island and found he most beautiful beaches.  Those beaches inspired this piece.  This is Painting #20 of the 30 Day Challenge.  Two thirds of the way there!  Hallelujah!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Georgia Marsh


Georgia Marsh
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Painting #19 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, a Georgia Marsh.  I love the marshes of southern Georgia.  They are so peaceful and serene.  I love the way the water winds through the grassy fields.  Last year we spent a week in southern Georgia with family.  We had a great time!

I can't believe I've made it this far in the challenge.  I'm about two thirds of the way there.  I have to tell you, I'm learning a lot through this process.  It's pushing me to try new things and it's a big commitment.  It has been tough to follow through but I'm getting there...


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Downtown Austin


Downtown Austin
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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The past two years I've had the amazing privilege to attend SXSW in Austin, Texas.  I love the city.  The creative culture, live music, and city vibe is second to none.  I've seen hundreds of bands play from all of the world, met amazing music industry people, and enjoyed awesome food.  Austin has quickly become one of my favorite places.  

This is the first cityscape I've ever painted.  I tried to capture the glow of the city.  This is a quick sketch.  I did the entire piece in about an hour and 15 minutes.  This is painting #18 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hanauma Bay


Hanauma Bay
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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Hanauma Bay in Hawaii is by far one of my favorite places on the planet.  I've been to Hawaii twice and hope to visit many more times in the future.  My brother-in-law lives in Honolulu.  Hanauma Bay is one of the more popular beaches on the island.  It's a beautiful oasis.  The water is clear and visitors enjoy a white sandy beach surrounded by mountains.  This painting is #17 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Okeechobee


Okeechobee
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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For the rest of the 30 in 30 Challenge I'll be painting some of my favorite places...this is Painting #16.  I've decided to limit the time I paint each day so these will be speed landscapes.  Instead of thinking about each piece, I'll just be doing.  I'm hoping to learn to be a little more loose and spontaneous through the process.

This first landscape is of Lake Okeechobee, the lake in South Florida that I grew up around.  I spent a lot of time on that lake and it brings back great memories.  



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Painted Bunting Whimsy


Painted Bunting Whimsy
8x10 inches 
Watercolor on Paper

This is the 15th of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I made it half way!!!  I must say, I don't like this painting very much.  I don't care for the background at all but It was a learning experience.  I'll be moving on to more abstract pieces for the rest of the paintings.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Swan Whimsy


Swan Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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When I think of swans, I think of all of the beautiful swans at Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando.  I've spent lots of time with my kids that that beautiful lake feeding the swans.   An old childhood friend suggested that I add a swan to my collection of birds.  Of course, I had to add some abstract elements to the background.  I took a risk with the background on this piece and I'm happy with the way it turned out.  From afar, you can see the swan's reflection.  I'm pretty happy with the composition on this piece.  I'll start working on the last piece of this series tonight!  This is Painting #14 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Parrot Whimsy


Parrot Whimsy
8x10 inches 
Watercolor on Paper
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This parrot is #13 in the 30 in 30 Challenge.  I've decided that I'm only going to do two more birds as part of the series and then I'll be switching to something else.  I'm thinking portraits or abstracts but I'm still on the fence about it.  Almost half way there!

Monday, January 12, 2015

White Egret Whimsy


White Egret Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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I'm really digging the background on this piece.  It's Painting #12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  It's a white egret with a colorful sunset.  I'm learning a lot this month.  The of color is so important...just as important as composition.  Painting a picture a day has been tough.  Some days it's more of a time commitment that others, depending on how complicated the artwork is.  But I've been hanging in there.  On to the next piece!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Flamingo Whimsy


Flamingo Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
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A pink flamingo for Painting #11 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  You can't be a painter in Florida without giving a flamingo a shot, right?  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Peacock Whimsy


Peacock Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

I decided to paint this regal peacock for Painting #10 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I LOVE the colors in this piece.  The blues and greens complement each other so well and I had a lot of fun watching the colors merge in each section of the piece.  I just let them do their thing, without much control.  We're a third of the way there!  

Friday, January 9, 2015

Puffin Whimsy


Puffin Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

This colorful puffin painting is the 9th painting of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I've always loved puffins.  They are beautiful birds and I loved them so much as a child that I have several art projects, including a clay bank, that are puffins.  This piece was fun!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Blue Jay Whimsy


Blue Jay Whimsy
8x10 inches
watercolor on paper

Well, today's my 35th birthday.  Every birthday I end up spending entirely too much time pondering where I am in my life, looking back on where I've been and where I'm headed, which makes it quite appropriate to paint a blue jay looking back.  Ha!  

This blue jay is painting #8 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sparrow Whimsy


Sparrow Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

A new favorite.  Sparrows, oh how I love them - the meaning behind them especially.  They symbolize freedom, undying love, and commitment to one person.

This isn't the first sparrow I've painted.  I have them in a few other pieces that I've completed.  I think I'll be doing more with this design in the future. I wanted to choose the right background for this piece and I love triangles and the colors.  This completes Painting #7 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge...we are about a quarter of the way there!  

Hummingbird Whimsy


Hummingbird Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

This colorful little guy is Painting #6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  Hummingbirds are so cute!  I wanted to punch up the color on this piece since hummingbirds are so colorful.  Hoping to get a jumpstart on #7 tonight.  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Barn Owl Whimsy


Barn Owl Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Continuing with the series... This barn owl painting was completed in two and a half hours using five different colors.  I've been trying to streamline my process and keep it simple.  I'll need to if I'm going to complete all 30 paintings in 30 days.  :)  

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Pelican Whimsy


Pelican Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor and Gold Leaf on Paper

Here's Painting #4 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I think I like this one best so far.  I like the composition and blues.  The circles represent the water, the bar across the top of the water represents the horizon and the triangles on the bottom of the painting represent land.  I've incorporated some gold leaf into the lines across.  

I'm happy to say I sold the second painting of the series today, "Red Cardinal Whimsy."  Yaaay!  Very thankful.  I go back to work after a nice holiday break tomorrow.  Wish me luck on cranking out one painting a day.  Hehe.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Blue Heron Whimsy


Blue Heron Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor and Gold Leaf on Paper

This is my third painting for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I love blue herons.  I grew up in South Florida where there are many.  They are very majestic and graceful birds.  They remind me of home.  

I've been learning a lot about the use of patterns in this series.  I'm learning a little more with each painting.  I think my favorite thing about this piece are the triangles on the left side of the painting.  I'd like to do more with them.   I also incorporated some gold leaf into this piece.  It's hard to see in the photo but it's the two lines that intersect at the base of the bird.


Friday, January 2, 2015

Red Cardinal Whimsy


Red Cardinal Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper
SOLD

Painting #2 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days.  So far so good!  I started painting this piece yesterday and after a few brush strokes in, my dad, who has been visiting for the past two weeks, told me his favorite bird is the cardinal.  He grew up in Minnesota where lots of cardinals live.  We don't see many here in Florida but I think they are beautiful birds.  I love their red feathers.  I think I'll put a few more birds into this series but I'll be switching up the background soon.  Hope you're enjoying your January so far!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Yellow Bird Whimsy


Yellow Bird Whimsy
8x10 inches
Watercolor on Paper

Happy New Year!  I've decided to participate in Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.  I'm going to do my best to stick with it.  I work and have a family so I may not be able to complete a painting every day but I will be painting every day.  I'm going to goal is to stick with a single size (8x10 inches) inspired by art nouveau and whimsy.  We will see where this series takes me.

Here's my first piece: "Yellow Bird Whimsy."  Here's to many more!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mary's Pet Portrait


Mary's Pet Portrait
5x7 inches
Commission

I was asked to paint this sweet dog as another Christmas gift.  I went with a little more abstract background on this piece.  I was given a photo of the dog with his face leaning against the owner's leg, represented by the blue in the painting.  I really struggled with finding a way to make the composition work but I'm happy with the way it came together.  I love that sweet face.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Golden Beach


Golden Beach
5x7 inches
Commission

I always enjoy painting pet portraits and, fortunately, I've been asked to paint a few commissions this holiday season.  This is a painting of a golden retriever, a client's girlfriend's dog, and will be given to her for Christmas.  I think the dog is adorable.   The client sent me a photo and asked me to paint the beach in the background.  I hope she loves it!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Solo Art Show - November 20-December 14


I'm so excited!  My first solo show opens tomorrow.  If you're local, please come out for the opening at NV Art Bar, 27 E. Pine St., Orlando, Florida.  I will also be there painting most Fridays and we will have a closing event on December 14th.  I can't tell you how much I appreciate your support. <3
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